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JF White Electrical/IBEW LU96 & LU103 Near Completion of Worcester Airport Upgrades

Worcester, MA – NECA Boston contractor JF White Contracting Co.’s electrical division, headquartered in Framingham, is nearing completion of comprehensive electrical installations associated with the Worcester Regional Airport’s new taxiway and advanced Cat III instrument landing system project.
The project scope includes installation of new inpavement lighting systems (taxiway edge and lighting fixtures), airfield guidance signs and electrical infrastructure upgrades, the communication ductbank and fiber optic backbone system, electrical vaults, and the airfield lighting control and monitoring system. The project also entailed installation of 12 new approach lighting towers and modifications to the existing approach lighting tower, as well as installation of NAVAID shelters, NAVAID equipment, and an emergency generator. The new light towers are tied into the electrical and navigation lines.
The $32 million CAT III system, paid for by both federal grants and funds from the Mass. Port Authority, provides for landings in low-visibility weather conditions which often impact Worcester Regional Airport.
J.F. White is managing the project with its crew of 11 IBEW Local 96 and Local 103 foremen, journeymen, and apprentice electricians and four telecom technicians. Project manager Thomas Pyle and electrical superintendent Mike McLaughlin are heading the project team’s operations.
The project team also includes architect and engineer Jacobs Engineering of Boston; general contractor J.F. White Contracting Co.; and Massport, the owner.
Among the critical logistical challenges met by the IBEW Local 96/103 contractor are time-sensitive project scheduling due to FAA testing requirements, and providing notice as to aviation requirements and tester schedules.  All work is being performed in a manner that eliminates any impact to commercial airline schedules and without disruption to airport operations.